January 13, 2017 | Review Period
Swahili and Norwegian!
Pimsleurcising continues, along with ice-cream eating.
I am now 10 lessons into Pimsleur Swahili, and I am flipping back and forth between that and Pimsleur Norwegian, of which I have so far done four lessons.
There are 30 Pimsleur lessons available for each. A language appetizer.
Impressions: Swahili has a lot of syllables. It’s fun. Like nothing else I have studied before, and the woman speaking in the audio lessons has a very appealing voice that draws me in.
Pimsleur Walk with Swahili, Just After Sunset
Norwegian’s main challenge for me right now is pronunciation. It feels more familiar than Swahili, because it is a Germanic language and I have experience with those.
But Swahili’s sounds are easier, with clean clear vowels, and even though it is more surprising to me than Norwegian, it is also significantly influenced by Arabic and I am recognizing plenty of words from that. Numbers, for instance.
I love recognizing Arabic influences in other languages. That happened with Turkish too. When I notice it, I feel happy.
Here’s how my health and fitness plan is going: I walk a whole bunch doing Pimsleur lessons and then I eat peanut butter and chocolate Häagen Dazs ice cream.
There is definitely room for improvement.
To a rather ridiculous degree, I am obsessed now not only with Pimsleur but also with my month-old Instagram account, where I can be found most days posting language porn, i.e., pictures of the covers of language books. It is not a very good use of my time, but I find it terribly satisfying! Kind of like cataloguing the world.